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    Initial start up costs for a card shop

    Debating someone. I said $100,000 is a safe number to start a sports card shop. My buddy says $60,000. I am almost certain $60,000 isn't even enough for inventory of cards. Would love some insight on who is right or close to right. Thanks!

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    I'd say maybe $15k depending on what you want to sell- $5k of that would be your actual start up costs (rent, deposits,etc), $5k in displays (MAYBE) and $5k in merch

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    Probably depends on what you want for inventory for singles. Before shops use to have a great selection and massive inventory but since the glory days I haven't seen or even heard about many that have a great inventory that you could spend hours going through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMVintage View Post
    I'd say maybe $15k depending on what you want to sell- $5k of that would be your actual start up costs (rent, deposits,etc), $5k in displays (MAYBE) and $5k in merch
    What? 5k wont even get me half of one year for one sport.


    Quote Originally Posted by pwaldo View Post
    Probably depends on what you want for inventory for singles. Before shops use to have a great selection and massive inventory but since the glory days I haven't seen or even heard about many that have a great inventory that you could spend hours going through.
    I know if I was actually gonna open a shop, I wouldn't do much with singles. Not to start at least but it's an idea. I'm just saying standard buying and selling product.

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    Obviously, the more capital, the better. But, if you're talking bare minimum? I think it depends how you are approaching it. Can you buy product by the case? Are you selling all sports or specializing? Selling other collectibles as well? Don't forget supplies. Display cases are nice. And be ready to work lots of hours since employees are your biggest cost.
    Will you be listing items on ebay during downtime and shipping form there? Where is your location and how much is rent/lease? Oh yeah, you wanna advertise? At least selling at regional card shows? Want your own website. Those are pretty sweet, if not a headache.

    After thinking about all that, I'd say the safer estimate would be at least $50,000 to get you started. Remember, most businesses don't show a profit for 5 years on average. Right now, the collectible market is down, so you can and should stock up on inventory because it's a buyer's market. That also means stuff is selling cheaper, including most of your own inventory.
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    Thinking about it some more, You're probably right about needing closer to $100,000 to have somewhat of a cushion.

    If you open one up, come out swingin' and make it rockin' with box breaks and other innovative and interactive ideas. We old school collectors would eat that $@&% up and maybe it would bring in some of the younger collectors.
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    To really get started, try to include in initial overhead an extra ~$10,000 for a local(-ish) athlete to have a signing session at your store for a Grand Opening.

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    From experience.. We are in the startup stages of getting ready to actually do this. Seeing as how we already have most of the memorabilia and singles inventory, we are really only needing supplies, cases and boxes of product, display cases, racks, and the rent and etc. We are looking at 25k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandSlamSportsCards View Post
    From experience.. We are in the startup stages of getting ready to actually do this. Seeing as how we already have most of the memorabilia and singles inventory, we are really only needing supplies, cases and boxes of product, display cases, racks, and the rent and etc. We are looking at 25k.
    Well my reason for $100K was just for one year, cases of every product, it comes out to about $60K+. $25K seems really low for start up cost.

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    You don't need the full years product at start. Only the current available product. You then use that products sales to buy future product.
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